Apply for a Dutch identity card

Are you registered in the Municipality of The Hague? Then you can apply for an identity card here.

•Are you applying for an identity card that will be valid on 1 January 2021 or later? You can use it to login on DigiD. Once you have logged in, you can easily arrange your government, healthcare, education and pension fund affairs. After collecting your identity card from the municipality, you will receive a letter from DigiD within 5 working days. You can then login to DigiD with your card. Also see



      • Make an appointment to apply for a passport.
      • This appointment will be at the Department of Public Service counter at City Hall Spui or the Leyweg City Office.
      • You need to attend the appointment in person.
      • You need to collect your passport yourself, at the city office where you applied for it.

      Make an appointment

      What to take to your appointment

      • A passport photo: strict requirements apply to the passport photo. For example, the passport photo may not be more than 6 months old at the date of application and must be a true likeness. Read all of the requirements for photos on the website of the Dutch government.
      • All travel documents. Bring all your travel documents with you, such as passports and identity cards. Also bring any foreign passports if you hold another nationality besides Dutch. The municipality will keep expired Dutch travel documents. If you wish, they can be cancelled so that you can keep them.
      • Are you applying for an identity card for your child? Then your child has to be present at the appointment and when picking up the card.
      • Is your child younger than 12 years? Then you also need to take:

        • (a copy of) the valid proof of identity of both parents or the people with parental responsibility.
        • consent from both parents or the people with parental responsibility. You can use the Declaration of consent for Dutch travel documents. Bring the completed form with you.


        • identity card 18 years and older: € 64
        • identity card up to 18 years: € 32.90
          Young people with an Ooievaarspas can apply for a free identity card (in Dutch).
        • rush fee for expedited procedure: € 50.90.

        These fees must be paid upfront when you submit your application.

        Rates 2021.

        You can pay in cash or use a bank card at City Hall Spui. You can only use a bank card at the Leyweg City Office. Unfortunately it is not possible to pay with a credit card.

        How long does it take?

        5 working days. The pick-up receipt will state the date as of when you can collect your identity card. You must collect it within 3 months after you apply for it. After that the document will no longer be valid and the municipality has to destroy it. Would you still like a travel document after these 3 months? Then you have to apply and pay for it again.

        Collecting the identity card

        The holder of the identity card must pick up the document in person.

        • Children aged 12 years and older may pick up their identity card themselves.
        • For children under the age of 12 years, it is preferable that a parent or the person with parental responsibility also comes. If this person is not able to come, he/she has to provide consent for the identity card to be issued to the child.

        Another adult (18 years or older) or an older brother or sister may also accompany the child if the parent or the person with parental responsibility has provided written consent.

        Children and adults must take:

        • The pick-up receipt and the documents stated in the pick-up receipt. This could include:

          • Your identity card if it has not yet expired. You need to turn this card in.
          • If you have one: the current passport, if it has not yet expired.

        The parent or the person with parental responsibility accompanying a child under the age of 12 must also bring a valid proof of identity.

        The person accompanying a child under the age of 12 who does not have parental responsibility must also bring the following documents:

        • Written consent from the parent or the person with parental responsibility that the person accompanying the child is allowed to collect the identity card.
        • A valid (copy of the) ID for the parent or the person with parental responsibility. The signature on the consent form must match the signature on the ID for the parent or the person with parental responsibility.

          Expedited procedure

          Do you need the new identity card urgently? Indicate during your appointment that you would like to use the expedited procedure. You will not have to wait as long but it is also more expensive (look at ‘Fees’). If you submit the application before 14.00 hrs., you can pick up your identity card after 2 working days. For example: if you submit it Monday before 14.00 hrs. you can pick it up on Wednesday.

          Good to know

          Duration of validity

          A Dutch identity card is valid for 10 years if you are 18 years or older at the time of application. If you are under 18 years at the time of application, it is valid for 5 years.

          Name on identity card

          Your birth name will always appear on your identity card, even if your marital status changes.

          Property of the state

          The identity card remains the property of the state. This is why you may not throw it away or destroy it if it has expired. You must turn in your old passport when you receive a new passport.

          Stolen identity card

          Has your identity card been stolen? Go to Stolen or lost passport, driving licence or identity card.

          Where is the identity card valid?

          A list of the countries where you can travel with your Dutch identity card can be found on the website of the Dutch government.

          Home visit

          Do you want to apply for a Dutch identity card but you are unable to visit a city district office in person? You may be entitled to a home visit. Read Home visit to apply for a Dutch identity card (in Dutch).

          Alternative address

          Do you have an alternative address? Apply for an identity card at the municipality under which that address falls.

          Travelling alone with children

          Are you planning to travel abroad with an underage child (younger then 18 years)? You almost always need permission from the other parent(s). Read more about this on the website of the Dutch government.